Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in police custody after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to his neck for about nine minutes while in detention. His death sparked demonstrations in the United States and around the world.
The Grammy award-winning artist shared a touching Instagram message Wednesday, which included an aerial photo of thousands of Black Lives Matter demonstrators filling the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Accompanying the image was the words: “The world came together for George Floyd. We know there is a long way ahead. Let us stay parallel and focus on our call for true justice.”
In the aftermath of Floyd’s death, Beyoncé has expressed her injury and anger on Instagram, calling on her fans to take action and refusing to “normalize the pain.”
“We were broken and disgusted,” she said in an enthusiastic video posted on her Instagram page. “We cannot normalize this pain. I am not just talking to people of color. If you are black and white and brown and anything in between, I am sure you feel despair because of the racism that is happening in America now.”
The “formation” strike maker went on to say that “there have been many times when we have witnessed these violent killings and have no consequences.”
“Yes, someone was charged, but justice has not yet been done.”
The letter concluded by inviting its followers to sign many petitions, adding: “They continued to pray for peace, mercy and healing for our country.”